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Is there any way to calculate the thrust generated without conducting experiments? In my case I need to figure out thrust generated by electric duct fans and/or turbojets.

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  • $\begingroup$ A real world set up or some theoretical motor? $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer Apr 30 '17 at 2:18
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, but you have to know more than is indicated in your question. $\endgroup$ – mongo Apr 30 '17 at 2:54
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For the case of an electric motor driving a propeller, you can get a rough approximation for the thrust t from the power p consumed by the motor when the plane is flying with a constant velocity v, since $p = t \times v$. Of course, you should use coherent units, as newtons, m/s and watts, and include a large correction factor, as the real efficiency will be very far from 100%...

For the stationary case, in Wikipedia (entry 'disk loading') you can find an expression for the stationary case, derived from momentum considerations.

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If you want to calculate the performance of a gas turbine engine, you can use a program like GasTurb. It will handle any gas turbine configuration, but it may not be able to calculate the thrust for your electric duct fan.

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